Much like all of you, we've been pining away for Hellboy 3 since 2008, and as luck would have it we're finally getting an all-new movie. Unfortunately, it will not involve either Guillermo del Toro or Ron Perlman and needless to say the new movie will not close out the trilogy. Yes, nerds. Reboot has struck again.
According to THR, Hellboy is headed back to the big screen, but this time around Neil Marshall will direct and Sheriff Jim Hopper will play our titular hero. This isn't the first high profile CBM the Stranger Things star, David Harbour, has been attached to as he was previously very deep in the running to play Cale in Deadpool 2. They also revealed the working title of Anung Un Rama's return to the movie screen is "Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen", with the script being written by Andrew Cosby, Christopher Golden and thankfully, Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.
Now, I know for many of us Hellboy being done without GDT or Ron fecking Perlman is a real kick to the keyster. Then we toss in the fact that one of the guys they hired to write the film have never written a movie, and another has only written for TV. Now, breathe and let me tell you why it'll all be OK.
Mike Mignola posted about the film on his Facebook page and let slip that Hellboy's reboot will be rated R, and with a title like "Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen", I think it's probably safe to assume the Queen of Blood will be the villain of the film. Let this one be gory. I mean, pure splatter. Nicotero-style.
And speaking of Mignola, remember that he's also attached to write, as he has been for all the Hellboy movies, live-action and animated. The characters of the Hellboy Universe are more than safe, so we can rest easy. Now let's address the man who will be donning the Right Hand of Doom, David Harbour. Look, we all love the guy by now. Yes? As Jim Hopper, he is arguably one of the best parts of a show that is full of best parts. We were loving the idea of Harbour being Cable, so him playing Hellboy isn't really that much of a stretch. Finally, for pudding we get director, Neil Marshall. I fail to see any reason to feel ick about this choice. Marshall has directed some BAMF stuff. To name a few he's done some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones, Hannibal, Westworld, Constantine and one of my favorite movies, Dog Soldiers.
While I do and will always love and watch GDT's Hellboy films and I'm in no way concerned about this reboot. Think about it this way. If there had never been a live-action Hellboy movie before, how fucking excited would you be at this moment?